Rola Wala, remember them? Last year they did a stint as one of Trinity Kitchen’s monthly street food traders, selling their take on Indian street food. Since then, they’ve become a permanent food outlet in Trinity, taking up residence where Notes coffee once resided. So recently I was invited back for a visit, and even though I tend to put free invitations to one side, I thought it would be a good indie trader to revisit and see what they’ve been up to.
Their menu still has a range of naan rolls, but also hot bowls which I don’t remember seeing last year, both coming with either non-veg or veg fillings. I went for one of the naan rolls, choosing a combo of fillings – roasted Mumbai gobi, lots of roasted veg…think sweet potato, kale, cauliflower, garlic, slices and lots more. Also the Punjabi paneer which had been nicely charred and lightly spiced. Not only very tasty, but pretty healthy too!
Rola Wala have also teamed up with Leeds’ very own Leeds Brewery, resulting in the new Monsoon IPA and also with Square Root from London. Now considering I’m the last person to call myself an ale drinker, being far more comfortable with a glass of wine, their Monsoon IPA certainly made for a pleasing drop! The IPA helped to cut through some of the spice in the roll and was very drinkable and crisp in flavour. I reckon the two make great partners!!
The other new addition to their menu was their Real Soda, a result of their collaboration with Square Root London. Full of fresh natural ingredients and dead tasty to boot! Made with mango, turmeric and lime soda it was refreshing and you knew it was doing some good, especially as turmeric is known for its anti-oxidant qualities. Perfect on a warm, sunny day!
Note added- As mentioned at the top, I was invited back to Rola Wala so the food and drink was complimentary on this occasion. Freebies, I very rarely take up, but I did here, however, my opinions are what they are regardless. In fact, I’ve been back since as a paying customer.
Trinity Kitchen celebrated its 1st birthday yesterday and over the last year I’ve eaten amazing street food from some of the UK’s best traders!! The last couple of weeks I’d been thinking back to which have been my personal favourites so far, and with the usual help of photos helping me to reminisce, this is what I ended up with (not in any particular order) – Original Fry Up Material – full on burger heaven, Donastia Social Club – transported me back to San Sebastian, Manjit’s Kitchen – the best Samosa Chaat, Dorshi – dumplings, dumplings, dumplings, Jing Jing – great Thai flavours, Hay Latin America – for introducing me to melt in the mouth Alfajores and Inca Kola , The Cauldron – MEAT, Fresh Rootz – for the lightest, fluffiest pakora, Rola Wala – bold Indian flavours, Mei Mei’s Street Cart – reminding me of great Chinese street food and Gurmetti – cute vehicle and an amazingly simple, yet tasty burger:
Who’d be on your list of favourites, any you’d love to see back again?
The newest rotation of Trinity Kitchen traders has happened once again, and it’s doesn’t seem that long since the last time. With the warmer months slowing kicking in, traders have to work harder than ever to entice customers to come into Trinity Kitchen and want them coming back for more. After a couple of visits in their 1st week I think they’ve got a great bunch of traders in this month. Here’s my round-up taken over two sessions of stuffing my face with basically great street food!
1: Banh Mi Booth – I first tried some of Leeds based Emily Boothroyd’s food at her pop-up at Kirkstall Bridge Inn, and even though I liked it there were definitely areas for development. I’m glad to say she’s been working on her product, especially the bread which was a lot better, crisp on the outside and soft in the centre, the pork also had improved flavour too. A big draw for me is also Gloria, the van, which I think must be one of the best looking vans Trinity has seen to date!
2: Flavours Found – Lancashire based Flavours Found have brought a little of North Africa to Trinity Kitchen, with their take on flavours of Morocco. Inspired after a trip there, recipes were learnt and brought back providing the impetus for this venture.
I tried the Maroc the Kasbah and Chicken Bastilla, both were very enjoyable, the Chicken Bastilla benefitted from being deep fried to order, as its crisp filo pastry encased moist, well flavoured chicken, with plenty of herbs running through it. I can imagine these being popular and given the chance would have ordered many more.
The Maroc the Kasbah wrap was large and definitely worth the £4.50, watching it being made was a bit of a performance, the man’s definitely a bit of a showman! I did find it a little hard to eat though, as it was filled with beef mince which didn’t always want to stay in the wrap. Maybe beef strips would’ve been better, but then for £4.50 I shouldn’t complain and be so picky. One to definitely return to and try out the rest of the menu!
3: Indie Ices – I’m not ashamed to say it, but I’ve raved on about Mike Tattersall and his Indie Ices for ages, I just love the concept and the product. He’d brought Asha along to Trinity to bring a touch of Indian sparkle to Trinity! With mango lassi, ice cream and waffles on the go it makes the perfect street food for summer. The waffles and blueberry ice cream I had were great, lovely crisp, warm waffles with a delicious homemade ice-cream, topped with a rose syrup.
4: The Cauldron, these guys from the West Country have returned to Trinity after their first stint last year, I wasn’t lucky enough to try any of their award winning food then, so made a bee-line for them early doors.
I tried a huge wrap which they kindly filled half and half with pork belly on one side and beef on the other. Using cooking techniques like slow cooking certainly made the meat, as you would expect extremely tender and flavourful. The additional ingredients, such as black pudding were on the money, adding bursts of rich savouriness, whilst freshness was not neglected with the mint yoghurt dressing and fresh slaw and salad. They also make homemade drinks too, e.g. elderflower cordial and pink lemonade, I went for elderflower cordial which was light, refreshing and delicious. I’m looking forward to seeing what specials they come up with over the next few weeks.
5: Cook It Up – These ladies have brought the humble crumpet to Leeds with a difference, bringing inventive toppings as well as the usual butter and jam to the table. Selling them from the quirky vintage caravan, being a creature of habit went for the sweet crumpets, one with lemon curd and the other with strawberry jam.
All the crumpets, lemon curd and jam are homemade, I like them simple and unfussy so this was ideal for me. I liked the taste of the crumpet, but it was a little more doughy and heavier than I was expecting. I’ve only eaten ready made crumpets from the supermarket, never a homemade one so I can only compare it to them. The lemon curd and strawberry jam were both delicious. After speaking to others who’ve tried the savoury toppings they seemed to have gone down very well, making me think I may need to go back and try them again.
Trinity Kitchen has brought five new street food traders in this month. It’s great to have 100% new traders to keep things fresh and interest high, as I feel the last couple of months it seemed the novelty of Trinity Kitchen was wearing off slightly, and the hoards being drawn in wasn’t as consistently regular as first hoped.
This month’s quota has brought a concoction of flavours from Yorkshire, Japanese/Mexican fusion, Carribean, French and Latin American to Leeds folk. Here’s my run down:
1. Hay Latin America aren’t newcomers to street food in Leeds, you may have seen them at Briggate’s World Feast recently. Having drawn inspiration from traveling around South America, their menu has a fresh quinoa salad with Peruvian style marinated chicken, Brazilian cheesy dough balls, Spinach and ricotta empanadas and unforgettable Alfajores, these small shortbread sandwiches were heavenly, THE best shortbread I’ve ever had!! Over the coming weeks their menu will change with regular specials, the first being a Chilean-inspired hot dog! Prices: £1.10 – £6.50.
2. Tacochu run by Hackney-based Erica, is serving up Taco rice from Okinawa, a combination of American taco filling with Japanese rice. I had the Godzilla (£8) with everything. It was a mixture of flavours and textures, with lots of freshness from the salsa and salad, a hint of spice in the beef, sticky rice and lastly tortilla chip crunch. Filling to boot, I really enjoyed it. Prices: £1.50 – £9.
3. Catering Yorkshireare new to street food, but don’t lack experience in the food industry, with over 20 years experience running hotel kitchens such as Malmaison and Rudding Park. Currently they cater at The Northern Ballet and Stockeld Park.
Their produce is locally sourced from Leeds Markets and is served up in different guises, with a fresh salad bar, Yorkshire-inspired tapas and desserts like Yorkshire mess for anyone with a sweet tooth. Prices: £5-6.
I tried the Lamb burger and Whitby Cod Cake with salad (£5) which I enjoyed. The cod cake came with a lovely fresh salad and I liked the sweet chilli sauce. However, I would have preferred the lamb to have been spicier and the cod cake to have been bigger. That’s probably because I’m greedy!
4. Mama’s Jerk Station is run by London-based Adrian, with experience working as Head Chef in other establishments he wanted to branch out and do his own thing. Mama’s was set up in 2009 and are regulars on the street food scene, trading at both Brick Lane and Waterloo.
Serving authentic Caribbean food inspired by Great Granny Charlotte, Adrian uses an inherited recipe of Jerk seasoning and marinade from his Great Granny, which he’s adjusted to give his own twist. All the chicken is marinated for 24 hours and cooked on the BBQ, non-meat eaters aren’t left out with fried plantain and Veggie bean cake. I had the wings which were sticky, flavourful and juicy, also the plantain which were caramelised and incredibly more-ish. Prices: £3 – £10.
5. La Petite Bretonne brought to Trinity by the Huddersfield-based duo Xavier and Caroline, serving freshly made sweet crepes and savoury galettes from the Citreon H Van. Prices: £3-£5.50.
I was too full for a galette so chose a simple crepe instead, I’m a lemon & sugar kinda girl so after a few minutes was tucking into one. The crepe was uber thin and the batter was lovely and light. With a dusting of icing sugar it had sweetness, but I would have loved more lemony sharpness, also for my crepe to be a tad more golden but that’s just me. Enjoyable nonetheless!!
Are there any street food traders you’d like to see at Trinity Kitchen?Are you still interested in going to Trinity Kitchen, or do you think it’s lost a little bit of it’s early lustre?
Trinity Kitchen’s newest set of street food traders have rolled into Leeds, and I’d been wondering for a while what newbies they could bring in to keep us punters coming back for more. With the usual buzz on Twitter with who’d be in the new line-up I had a nosey after school on Tuesday to find out.
The first stall to catch my eye and tastebuds was London based Mei Mei’s Street Cart. Mei Mei’s been making Jian Bing (filled Chinese Crepes) since childhood and obviously has cooking Chinese food in the DNA, with a grandmother that is a huge cooking inspiration.
I’d known what a Jian Bing was, but had never eaten one so this was a new Chinese food staple for me, and one that I was itching to get my hands on. Being a roast pork fiend there was only EVER going to be one choice for my first Jian Bing – Char Sui Pork!
I watched intently as Mei Mei made my Jian Bing. I loved the idea of having the spring onion and coriander embedded on one side as she flipped the crepe over whilst cooking it, with a thin covering of soy, hoisin and chilli sauce painted on the other. A layer of Char Sui pork and finally the addition of crispy wonton which was a GENIUS idea.
Here’s the final product, a thin crepe filled with Char Sui pork that had been marinated for 24 hours. It had flavourful, juicy meat and was lip-smackingly good. The chilli/soy/hoisin sauce combo gave a sweet, salty, mild heat that worked well with the pork. I really liked the additional greenery too, especially the coriander which added freshness. All of this folded up into a parcel that was nearly the size of my FACE, it was that large!
This isn’t just any simple crepe, it’s a street food crepe elevated up a notch with a tonne of flavours and textures all in one shebang! I sat there a VERY happy girl and enjoyed every mouthful! I’m definitely going to have to make these Jian Bing at home!!!
My next stop was The Cheese Truck, who are based in London and are friends with Donastia Social Club and Original Fry Up Material. Arguably two of the most popular traders to date at Trinity Kitchen, and definitely in my list of faves so far! Mathew set up The Cheese Truck after being inspired from a trip to the USA, and having already worked in the hospitality industry, whether it was for a catering company, setting up a restaurant in Covent Garden or working on the PR side of the business, he saw this as a natural progression.
With their cool industrial feel cooking station they sell their grilled cheese sandwiches with a range of fillings. I tried their Grilled Cheese with Keens Cheddar, Ogleshield and onion mix.
My sandwich was filled with perfectly gooey cheese that did the whole stretchy thing when you take a bite. It was incredibly cheesy, but with the addition of the onion it doesn’t get too overpowering and helps to cut through the richness. All inside two slices of Sourdough from Leeds’ very own artisan bakers Leeds Bread Coop. Definitely fantastic comfort food! The other one that really took my fancy was the Grilled Cheese with Queso Chihuahua cheese, spicy chorizo and rocket.
The final new trader to grace this month’s Trinity Kitchen is Pembermen’s from London. Serving baps filled with breakfast items or pulled meats (using local sources) from the hatch in their converted 1972 Commer camper van. I REALLY REALLY wanted to try something out, but I was too full to contemplate a third course. I think the All Day breakfast and pulled meat baps have my name written ALL over them though, especially the Gloucester Old Spot pulled pork! They also have coffee on the go and homemade biscuits too!
I was getting a little worried that Trinity Kitchen would run out of ideas, but from what I tried I feel positive about these. I’ll be back soon to try a bit more, especially to get my first Pembermen’s!
What street food would you love to see being served at Trinity Kitchen, and are there any street food traders you would love to see back again?
Hi, I'm Diane and welcome to my blog. I'm currently hopping between Leeds and the South finding the best and the worst in food and drink whilst on my travels. You'll find reviews and recommendations, sometimes the odd thing about running, travel and my life in general.